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Boating Accidents in Arizona
Have you been injured in a boating accident in Arizona? You may have a personal injury case against the boat's operator, owner or other person responsible for the incident. If so, you may be eligible for compensation, including having your medical bills paid. An Arizona lawyer specializing in boat accidents can help you evaluate your options.
Top Causes of Boating Accidents
Operator inexperience is one of the top five factors that contribute to boating accidents in the U.S., and it tops the list in Arizona, according to the state's Game and Fish Department. It is also one of the most easily preventable causes. Taking a boating safety class can help, and Arizona even offers classes online.
Other common and easily preventable causes of boating accidents include:
- Operator inattention
- Reckless operation
- Excessive speed
Of course, a boat's driver should not be drinking alcohol. Just like auto DUI laws, Arizona law forbids operating a water craft with a blood alcohol level above 0.08 percent. A drunk boat operator faces criminal charges even without causing an accident, but charges may be more severe after an accident causing injury or death.
A lawyer can help you determine if any of these or other preventable factors contributed to a boat accident in which you were injured.
After an Accident
Arizona law requires the boat's operator to stop as close to the accident as is safe and help anyone who is injured. Not doing so may be a felony. The operator also needs to file a written report with the Game and Fish Department for certain types of accidents. This report must be submitted within 48 hours in cases of death or injury and within five days for other incidents that cause $500 or more in property damage.
Talking With an Arizona Boat Lawyer
If you've been involved in an accident, either as an operator or a passenger, the best way to protect your rights is to talk with an attorney specializing in boating injury cases. You can find one by calling 877-9113-7222.